When I started this blog, I had very different expectations of my life than I do now. After years of searching, uncertainty, and hanging off of other people, things are coming into focus for me and I see what my life’s calling is. If there is one thing I need to do on this earth it is to make art. If there are two things I need to do, they are to make art and to grow vegan-organic food.
So I am spending a lot less time on the internet and a lot more time doing these other things that I am passionate about. I may or may not continue to post here. While I still have lots to say and think about animal rights, I don’t have the time to write about it. I’m talking to people in person about it, sharing beautiful vegan desserts, and doing in my own life what I believe is right, what moves me forward and moves the world forward. I eat vegan food and have a life of voluntary simplicity, truly trying to live simply so that others may simply live. In a few years I’ll be going back to school – when my French is good enough – for a diploma in organic agriculture. After that I hope to have government grant money to start some bigger projects – planting nut trees and starting outdoor mushroom production – and other specialty agroforestry products that fit in a holistic, permaculture point of view. I believe that agriculture can and should be small-scale and should increase animal habitat at the same time that it provides human nourishment.
I’m also using my art to raise awareness about animal rights. My bonobo painting was shown at the local college in February, and I was able to talk to journalists – who had never heard of these primate cousins of ours – about the social bonds of bonobos and of their threatened existence due to human activity. That painting will be used to raise money for a bonobo sanctuary and for human rights in the Congo (the bonobo’s only habitat). I continue to work from photographs and pledge a portion of the profits of the works to animal rights organizations. You can follow some of my artwork through this ‘portfolio’ blog or through Flickr.
Thanks for your support.
Peace and carrots!